Business

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.

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Kansas files complaint against Westar Energy

Kansas regulators filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against Westar Energy, Inc., alleging the state’s largest utility is charging unjust and unreasonable electric transmission rates.

Home furnishings retailer West Elm opens on the Country Club Plaza

The Brooklyn-based chain, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, offers an assortment of home products, including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen items and gifts. It also features handcrafted pieces by local and international artisans.

Area homebuilding fell slightly in July

The Home Builders Assocation of Greater Kansas City said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area, down from 409 in July 2013. Through the first seven months of 2014, however, building activity remains on track for its best year since 2007.

Home furnishings retailer West Elm opens on the Country Club Plaza

The Brooklyn-based chain, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, offers an assortment of home products, including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen items and gifts. It also features handcrafted pieces by local and international artisans.

Area homebuilding fell slightly in July

The Home Builders Assocation of Greater Kansas City said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area, down from 409 in July 2013. Through the first seven months of 2014, however, building activity remains on track for its best year since 2007.

Today's Market

Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close

Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key meeting of U.S. central bankers that's expected to shed light on the interest rate outlook.

A last-minute checklist for college students

A can of WD-40, a basic set of tools and refill orders on prescriptions might not be on the minds of college freshmen preparing to leave home for the first time. But a little preparation can save time, money and aggravation.

Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it's changing its practice of selling users' personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy.

Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close

Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key meeting of U.S. central bankers that's expected to shed light on the interest rate outlook.

A last-minute checklist for college students

A can of WD-40, a basic set of tools and refill orders on prescriptions might not be on the minds of college freshmen preparing to leave home for the first time. But a little preparation can save time, money and aggravation.

Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it's changing its practice of selling users' personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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New T-Mobile campaign aims at Sprint customers

Starting next week, T-Mobile’s refer-a-friend campaign will reward its own subscribers and the friends recruited from other carriers with one year of unlimited data, the company said Thursday. The wireless provider will also give its customers a $25 bonus to spend at T-Mobile for each referral, according to the company’s website.

Business

Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close

Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key meeting of U.S. central bankers that's expected to shed light on the interest rate outlook.

Business

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.